Two hospitalised after Kapiti crash

Last updated 13:29 13/12/2013
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JOEL MAXWELL

Crash site: The scene where a motorcyclist and cyclist collided at the intersection of State Highway 1 and Te Horo Beach Rd.

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A motorcyclist slid about 20m down the road after a collision with a cyclist south of Otaki.

Both male riders were taken to Palmerston North Hospital by ambulance after the crash, which happened about midday today.

Constable Tony Sharp said the cyclist, 57, and the motorcyclist, 40, were both heading south on State Highway 1 approaching the Te Horo Beach Rd turnoff.''

It appears the cyclist has wanted to turn right into Te Horo Beach Rd, hasn't given - perhaps - as much warning as he could have, or checked, and the motorcycle behind him has collided with him.

''Both riders ended up sliding down the road, with the motorcyclist travelling about 20m before coming to a stop, Mr Sharp said.

The men were taken to hospital but their injuries did not appear life-threatening - both coming through the crash relatively well ''under the circumstances'', Mr Sharp said.

He said police had witnesses on the scene but if people had seen the crash they could contact Central District highway patrol with the information.

Mr Sharp said the cyclist's helmet was left damaged and may have helped save the rider from more serious injuries.

It was too early to say if any charges would be laid. 

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